Rock, Pop & Urban Syllabus 2024

Entries open 01/01/2024 and close 28/02/2024

Saturday May 11th at Reigate College.

Mentor: John Evans

For over 25 years I have been a successful and active guitarist, songwriter, teacher, composer, and arranger having had the opportunity to play on many of the world’s most prestigious stages including London’s Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and Palladium as well as UK festivals, including Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park and Oxygen.

My playing and writing career have also allowed me to tour extensively across Europe and N. America, record at world-renowned studios as a member of The Divine Comedy and as a session player for Ray Davies, Tom Chaplin, Liam Bailey, Chris Difford, Marti Pellow, Luke Haines as well as with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I have played in many of the West End’s theatres on shows including Jersey Boys, Billy Elliott, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Dirty Dancing.

My compositions and arrangements have been performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Ulster Orchestra and heard on BBC, Channel 4 and Netflix. Throughout my career I have always taught, working either as an instrumental tutor in group and individual settings, or in the classroom, teaching music at Key Stages 3, 4, & 5.

I started as Head of Music at Reigate College in September 2023 and I look forward to drawing upon my experience facilitating the development of young bands and contemporary musicians in academic and practical settings to showcase the talent of the young musicians of the local area.

Mentor: Ben Clark

Benjamin Clark is a dynamic professional musician carving his niche as a Guitarist and Musical Director across a spectrum of genres. From Musical Theatre to Contemporary Pop Orchestral, lively Festival performances, and the vibrant world of Electronic Music, Ben has had the great fortune to have experience in a wide selection of contexts.

Benjamin is more than a performer—he seamlessly shifts between roles as a Session Musician and Musical Director, leaving his mark on each project. His musical journey extends beyond live performances, delving into recording as a solo artist and collaborative projects that showcase his authentic sound.

Noteworthy in his portfolio, Ben has lent his skills as the Guitarist for the UK Tour of ‘Just My Imagination,’ acted as Consulting Musical Director for the Smiley Charity Film Awards, contributed arrangements and guitar work to Imagine Pantomimes, and directed the music broadcast for the ‘Univision Song Contest.’ Additionally, he has shared the stage with Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy) during a memorable Leeds UK tour date.

Beyond the spotlight, Ben wears the hat of co-director at CNS Productions, a production company reflecting his commitment to pushing creative boundaries. As an educator, he shares his musical insights, contributing to the growth of aspiring musicians.

In a world where music speaks a universal language, Benjamin Clark stands as a skilled architect, weaving his sonic tapestry with proficiency, passion, and an unwavering dedication to musical excellence.


This is an exciting new venture, which provides a unique opportunity for young musicians locally. Reigate & Redhill Music and Drama Festival has teamed up with Reigate College to support young musicians, aged 10 to 18, who want to develop their performance skills in Rock, Pop or Urban Music.

There will be separate sessions for younger and older musicians. The sessions will take place at the Rispoli Theatre at Reigate College, where a full back line of equipment will be provided, so that you can bring your instruments, (bring your breakables if you are a drummer) then plug in and play two songs, or fill a 10 minute slot. You will receive feedback and advice from mentors who are industry professionals to help develop your stagecraft and confidence. In addition you will have the opportunity to watch and learn from other performers who are playing in your session. Shortlisted performers will be invited to play at other prestigious music events.

We are inviting entries from people who are soloists or in a band of up to six players. Soloists may use backing tracks if they wish and any genre of modern music is welcome, whether originals or covers.

We have limited capacity at the Theatre, so we urge you to apply quickly as entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. Tickets for friends and family to watch your session will be available via the College website.


There will be 2 sessions, one for those aged 10 to 14 and one for those aged 15 to 18.

Entrants will be allotted a 10 minute slot in the session.

A full backline will be provided and full technical support will be on hand for set up.

Performers should bring their own instruments. Drummers should bring breakables. All other equipment will be provided by College including microphones, amplifiers etc.

If PAT testing or any other safety testing of performer’s equipment is required, entrants will be contacted ahead of the sessions.

There will be no rehearsal time in the programme so entrants should complete any rehearsals before attending the sessions.

Performers are responsible for the care of their own instruments (and related equipment). Reigate College and RRMDF do not accept any liability for performers’ equipment or belongings.


Entry Fees are £5 for each performer. For example bands of 4 people would pay £20.
Enter here

Spectators’ tickets are priced at £10 per adult and £4 for U18s. Ticketing will close on Wednesday 8 May at 5pm.

Buy your tickets for the 10 to 14 section here

Buy your tickets for the 15 to 19 section here

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Entries for the Festival close on 28 February 2024 (enter here). Please ensure your entry is submitted in time!